Towards the 40th Year
Our Glorious Renaissance
By: Saleh Abdullah Alkhamyasi
Whenever a discussion on Oman arise, images of tranquil , peaceful and
hospitable country come to mind. Oman has been blessed with a wise,
devoted and farsighted leader who has acceded the thrown since 1970. A
leader who has devoted his life for leading a renaissance that was
destined to massively transform the life of his people and enable them
to reap the fruits of modern Oman and be proud of their identity and
heritage in the same time.
The development process in Oman under the wise leadership of his Majesty
Sultan Qaboos is a unique in nature and thought provoking in kind. It is a
process that has struck a balanced formula between modernity and tradition.
Just like His Majesty himself said “No evolution without roots.”.
His Majesty’s firm beliefs in the value of the Omani citizens and the
imperative needs for their continuous development and necessity to open
opportunities for a wide spectrum of participation for them gave the
development process a sense of ownership and deep roots to stand on and
The development process went in an escalating manner from the inception of
the renaissance and today both the Omani citizens and the residence of
Oman are enjoying the peace, stability and freedom. They both are working
hand in hand and contributing in the process of development so that the
Economic vision 2020 becomes a tangible reality.
Undoubtedly no human experience goes free of challenges, but the affinity
and strong bondage between the leader and his people plays a favorable
catalyst to surmount them and come out victoriously. Whether it is the
impact of the financial crisis, or confronting a natural calamity such as
the destructive cyclone gunu, time has proved again and again that we in
Oman are so immersed with an everlasting love for our country and our
During the Renaissance which His majesty has led, Oman has become an Oasis
of peace, a land of tranquillity, an area of friendship and hospitality. It
has become a tourist destination of a first choice.
Not only Oman excelled in the internal front but with its open mindedness,
mutual respect and non interfering approach in other countries affairs,
managed to restore its fame and became an ambassador of peace and abridge to
unite the conflicting parties. Over the years the Sultanate of Oman under
the blessed leadership of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos has successfully
positioned itself with a strong brand as a peace loving country. Such a
far sighted policy brought global recognition for Oman and its leader
His Majesty the Sultan concerns for humanity at large is evident in his
policies and creative approach to disseminate awareness about the
importance of environment and cultural appreciation.
His Majesty demonstrates his personal commitment to the environment across
the world through "Sultan Qaboos prize for environmental preservation",
which was instituted by his Majesty's at the Earth Summit in Brazil in 1989.
It is the first Arab prize to be awarded by UNESCO for international
efforts on behalf of the environment.
In order to promote academic relations and mutual understanding between the
Sultanate and western as well as international institutions many university
chairs and fellowships were established such as the sultan of Oman's Chair
of Arab and Islamic studies at Melbourne university in Australia, the Sultan
Qaboos bin Said Fellowship at the Oxford centre for Islamic studies, the
professorship Chair of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said at the University
of Cambridge, the Sultan Qaboos Chair of International Relations at Harvard
University as well as numerous chairs for Arab and Omani studies in several
Arab and Foreign universities.
Again and again His Majesty Sultan Qaboos remains the core of attention for
so many international institutes and friendly nations, after winning the
hearts and souls of his people as a result of his self denial efforts, wise
judgement, far sighted leadership and above all his human touch. Such
recognition made him win an international peace award in 1998, and here
again he is conferred with the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award for
International Understanding in 2007. Besides, he was recently named among
the top ten influential leaders in the Arab and Islamic world.
Now that 2010, is opening a new chapter towards further prosperity and
progress to mark forty years of sincere and solid development let us all
gear up our efforts for even more brighter years to come.